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(Stillwater, OK) – Our Daily Bread Food & Resource Center has received a $10,000 grant through the Potts Family Foundation (PFF) based in Oklahoma City to identify needs of families with young children in effort to encourage and assist partner agencies to develop new and improve upon existing community resources.
This is part of a statewide project known as Know and Grow Oklahoma: Building Resilient Children, Families & Communities. Our Daily Bread will utilize Oklahoma State University Center for Rural Health to collect feedback through surveys, conversations, and building relationships within the Stillwater community and surrounding areas.
“We plan to work diligently together throughout our service area and with partners statewide to identify challenges and concerns, while discovering new needs for the families we serve,” Rachael Condley, Our Daily Bread Food & Resource Center said. “We rely on the support of organizations like Healthy Communities Healthy Children in Stillwater to help us find the best connections for information and relationships, but also to help act on the information we receive to be sure that families in our area can get needs met. Their organization is imperative to helping families in our area get needs met, and we’re so thankful for their support during this project.”
In collaboration with the OSU Center for Rural Health and Healthy Communities Healthy Children, Our Daily Bread Food & Resource Center will begin collecting information, hosting community events and interviews within the next few weeks in order to submit findings to PFF prior to mid-January 2024.
Members of Healthy Communities Healthy Children are representatives from Resilient Payne County, Early Childhood Coalition, City of Stillwater, Payne County Health Department, Oklahoma State University, Meridian Technology Center, Stillwater Chamber of Commerce, Head Start, and Stillwater Public Schools.
“These efforts will help us acquire a better understanding of how the children and their families are doing and how individuals and/or community groups might respond in support of them. As part of 15 coalitions statewide, we know it doesn’t matter where you live or what your community looks like, we can all learn from each other about how to better serve Oklahoma children and families,” said Condley.
To join this community-led project, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Join the conversation at www.knowandgrowok.org or on Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn using @knowandgrowok.
As part of its mission focusing on early childhood initiatives, the Potts Family Foundation received funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The focus of this project is to improve the well-being of and build resilience in children born right before or during the pandemic. PFF is a private foundation focusing on providing support for sustainable early childhood initiatives with an emphasis on root causes; empowering people and organizations; impacting future as well as present human needs; leveraging resources for the greatest impact and securing sustainability and the potential replication of early childhood programs and services. The foundation was established in 1980 and is based in Oklahoma City.